WashU Leaders Supporting St. Louis

To our Community of WashU Leaders: We can support St. Louis through our WashU missions. Each day, we dedicate ourselves to meaningful work that improves lives and makes a positive impact on society. Whether you are a senior leader or emerging leader growing with the university, it is important you find meaning and purpose at […]

Call for Musicians

Call for Musicians for the School of Medicine Winter Concert The ninth annual Winter Concert will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Center for Advanced Medicine. As before, soloists and ensembles, including vocalists and instrumentalists, of all musical genres are welcome to sign-up. Students, faculty, and […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Dani Tallchief

Dani Tallchief, RN, has been an exemplary Champion since joining us in 2018. Dani regularly participates in Wellness Connection programs and events, and supports University initiatives while personalizing wellness for the Department of Anesthesiology. Dani collaborated with Wellness Connection to host a screening for her department, in which 42 people learned their numbers and earned […]

Mandatory Flu Shot Information for Medical School employees

The mandatory influenza policy is now in effect. Please review the policy and flu shot schedule to help ensure the Washington University School of Medicine protects the safety of our patients, as well as the health of the Medical School community and their families. In order to protect its patients, students and employees, the School of Medicine […]

Flu Shots for Medical Campus

Flu doesn’t fight fair. Even if you’re healthy, you can get sick and spread the flu to your co-workers or patients, or even bring it home to your family. Fight back.   4444 Forest Park, Room 1540 and 1540E October 9: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, MOB 3, 2nd Floor, HCI […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Karen Leingang

Karen Leingang has been a Wellness Connection Champion since the program started in 2015. She continually brings great ideas, insightful feedback, and a positive & inclusive attitude to our program. Some of Karen’s most notable accomplishments include: Regular communication of Wellness Connection programs; Volunteering on the Champion Leadership committee; Helped to organize a pilot Blood […]

A New Reason to Smile

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Your Next Chapter

Your Next Chapter: Conversations on Retirement and Beyond Planning to retire from Washington University? This transition can be rich with new pathways and opportunities like volunteering, part-time employment, travel, continuing education, hobbies, and much, much more. Yet, you may also have questions: If I’m not an employee, who am I? How do I fill my time? […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Erin Hogan & Deanna Blanchard

Erin Hogan and Deanna Blanchard are Wellness Connection Champions for the MyDay team who have hit the ground running in a unique situation. The entire MyDay team is a newly formed collection of WashU employees, senior leaders, and outside consultants, whose job is to address a major  “once-in-a-generation” project for the University. Erin & Deanna […]

MyWay to Health Wellness Workshops

MyWay to Health is an on-site employee wellness program developed by leading experts in health and wellness at WashU. Deeply rooted in scientific evidence, expert opinion, and 25 years of research, MyWay to Health provides sound advice, as well as guidance and tips to help you take charge of your well-being. Attend an upcoming wellness […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight: Linda Fleshman

Linda Fleshman regularly champions wellness in her personal and professional life. As a member of the Champion Leadership group, she was instrumental in researching, selecting, and teaching Microsoft Teams as the remote meeting technology we need to support our Champion network as we continue to grow. Thanks to her efforts, we’ll be able to meet remotely, […]

Expanded Staff Time-off Benefits

As previously announced, the university expanded its paid time off benefits for benefits-eligible staff to support a healthy work-life balance. A new Short-Term Medical Disability benefit and enhancements to time-off benefits became effective July 1, 2019. View the new Leaves of Absence website hub for details on time off and to learn how to request […]

MyWay to Health Wellness Workshops

MyWay to Health is an on-site employee wellness program developed by leading experts in health and wellness at WashU. Deeply rooted in scientific evidence, expert opinion, and 25 years of research, MyWay to Health provides sound advice, as well as guidance and tips to help you take charge of your well-being. Learn more about the […]

ComPsych Work-Life Solutions

Work-Life Solutions offers free, confidential, 24/7 support, resources and information for every aspect of your life. This valuable benefit for you and your family provides resources and referrals for: Confidential emotional support from highly trained clinicians; Work-life resources from qualified referrals for just about anything on your to-do list; Legal guidance. Talk to attorneys for practical assistance […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight: Onsite Screening Hosts

Special thank you to our pioneering hosts Donna MacKay, Atia Thurman, Linda Schreier, Lora Clark, Rhonda Kiely, Melissa Ruwitch, & Justin Linsenmeyer. Thanks to their efforts, their colleagues were able to get screened, learn vital health information, and walk away with a $50 gift card. Because these Champions did such a great job communicating their […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight: 10K-A-Day Team Captains

During the April luncheons, Wellness Connection provided a sneak peek of the new activity challenge and asked the champions to participate, lead a team, & invite their colleagues to join in. You all knocked it out of the park: approximately 20% of all 10K-A-Day teams are led by Wellness Connection Champions – that’s amazing! 85% […]

Move Into Mindfulness

MOVE INTO MINDFULNESS Mind-Body Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program that trains in mindfulness meditation to teach people how to: Reduce stress and anxiety Increase focus and concentration Manage health problems Live more fully productive lives Wellness Connection enlists Meg Krejci, Wellness Consultant for Mindfulness, to teach FREE ONSITE mindfulness classes for WashU employees. Meg’s […]

MyWay to Health Wellness Workshops

Learn more about the MyWay to Health program by attending one of their upcoming wellness workshops. Cooking with Herbs & Spices: School of Medicine Campus Wednesday, June 19th from 12:00-1:00 PM in Mid Campus Center, Suite 2100 This Wellness Workshop will highlight ways to use a variety of herbs and spices to boost the flavor […]

Summer Sun Safety

Too much unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer. Even people in their twenties can develop skin cancer. It’s important to check in regularly with your primary care physician or dermatologist for skin cancer screenings and to discuss any concerns you may […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight

Linda Schreier continually finds creative and fun ways to encourage her colleagues to participate in employee wellness at WashU: She regularly emails her office mates “wellness moments”, reminding them to take moment to get up from their desks; She’s been a team captain for the Division of Biostatistics in Tread the Med, WashU Moves, and […]

Wellness Connection Resources for Good Nutrition

We know that good nutrition and physical activity are keys to a healthy weight, but did you know the extent to which nutrition can impact our lives? Dietary factors influence certain conditions and diseases, and good nutrition can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some cancers. Eating a healthy diet and keeping […]

School of Medicine Dean’s Update

Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs, Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor and George and Carol Bauer Dean of the School of Medicine, David H. Perlmutter, MD will host this event to share updates on recent events, future plans and School of Medicine initiatives. Dean Perlmutter will also share a special announcement at […]

The Value of Movement

Movement is a fundamental aspect of life. It affects everything from circulation to digestion to metabolism to immunity. The body contributes far more to our lives than just physical attributes such as strength and endurance – it plays a major role in emotions, learning, and relationships. By participating in the upcoming 10K-A-Day activity challenge, we can focus on […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight

Linda Amos has been active in the employee wellness community for a long time. As a team captain for the Tread the Med and then WashU Moves activity challenges, Linda recruits many colleagues to join her team and incorporate movement into their daily lives. When Wellness Connection expanded the Champion network to the Med School […]

Engage in St. Louis

Washington University faculty, staff and students are integral members of the St. Louis community. We are a world-class institution with roots firmly in St. Louis. Explore affordable entertainment options, activities and cultural attractions at WashU and the surrounding St. Louis area. Featured St. Louis Activities New! WashU Night at the Soccer Park, April 13 – Purchase tickets […]

Nominate for a Danforth Service Award

Nominations are still open for the Gloria White Distinguished Service Award, an honor awarded to a dedicated Danforth staff member. View the nomination form and nominate by March 26.

Serving Others Together

Learn how you can get engaged in organizations that improve the lives of those in the St. Louis region, and beyond.

Pursue your financial well-being

Pursue your future financial well-being in manageable steps and at key milestones with tools, resources and webinars through TIAA and WashU.  Tools and resources available through the WashU TIAA Portal: TIAA has articles, tools, videos and advisors to help you prepare for retirement. View tools and resources to help you on your path to financial […]

Wellness Connection Program Spotlight: MyWay to Health Workshops

MyWay to Health Wellness Workshops Learn more about the MyWay to Health program during National Nutrition Month by attending one of their wellness workshops in March: National Nutrition Month: Danforth Campus Tuesday, March 19th from 12:00-1:00 PM in the Brown Lounge This Wellness Workshop will focus on how small changes can add up and improve […]

Wellness Connection University Partnership: MyWay to Health

MyWay to Health is an on-site employee wellness program developed by leading experts in health and wellness at Washington University. Deeply rooted in scientific evidence, expert opinion, and 25 years of research, MyWay to Health provides sound advice, as well as guidance and tips to help you take charge of your well-being. The MyWay to […]

10 Leadership Insights and Lessons

On January 31, 6 executives came to campus to share leadership wisdom at an Olin Business School event. Carla Bailey, HR learning and development senior manager was among the panelists, sharing her tips and lessons on leadership. Her 10 leadership tips are: Lead with your authentic self. Commit to remaining curious. Dare to live outside […]

St. Louis Diversity Leader Returns to the Community for WashU

DeCou has been a leading figure in diversity awareness and anti-bias efforts in the nonprofit sector of the St. Louis community for more than 25 years. At Washington University, she has conducted highly popular diversity training sessions with more than 8,500 employees and supports efforts to improve the university’s workforce diversity. Today, DeCou is taking […]

Live Near Your Work Housing Fairs

Learn more about the Live Near Your Work program by stopping by one of the upcoming housing fairs. Speak with local lenders and realtors who serve this program and the eligible neighborhoods surrounding the campus. All housing fairs will be held from 11am – 1pm Wednesday, May 1 – North Campus, Cafeteria Thursday, May 2 […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight

This month I’d like to highlight the efforts of Cynthia Marich & Andrea Krussel and the good work they’ve been doing to foster a culture of health and well-being in their department.   Yoga: A Practice in Community By Andrea Krussel and Cynthia Marich Since July 2017, the Institute for Informatics (I2) has hosted a […]

Know Your Numbers and Earn Rewards

Schedule your annual health screening through Wellness Connection and establish a baseline of important biometric measurements. For optimal wellness, each of us should be armed with as much information about our body as possible. Knowing your A1C level, current blood pressure, cholesterol and other key indicators can empower you to make informed decisions about your […]

Save the Date! Health Happening 2/22

Discover and embrace wellness at the Health Happening Fair Friday, February 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. School of Medicine Campus Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC) Make your well-being a priority and explore resources available to help you achieve your personal wellness goals. Learn from world-class WashU health experts, as well as university […]

A Mindful 2019

Happy New Year! Now is a great time to set an intention of being more mindful, more often, in 2019. This can be as simple as reconnecting to your breath. Be curious about how you are breathing in this moment – notice how you’re feeling. Inside this inquiry we are present and we can experience the […]

2018 Year in Photos

2018 Year in Review for Events All Around WashU! Throughout 2018, we recognized staff achievements, celebrated your dedication to the university and came together as a community at various events. We look forward to what’s ahead in 2019, as we continue to engage and celebrate our valuable staff! Thank you for all you do for the […]

The Spirit of St. Louis Winter Gift Guide

From theatre to hockey to joining a gym, Check out our Gift Guide-it’s filled to the brim  With WashU discounts, specials, and more All right here in St. Louis – go and explore! Discounted tickets to St. Louis Signature Events St. Louis Symphony – Continually updated with great offers on concerts for WashU faculty and […]

Call for Winter Concert Performers

Attention musicians – The ninth annual Washington University School of Medicine Winter Concert will take place on Saturday, January 26th, 2019, at 4pm in the lobby of the Center for Advanced Medicine. As before, soloists and ensembles, including vocalists and instrumentalists, of all musical genres are welcome to sign-up.  Students, faculty, and staff of Washington University School […]

Join a United Way Leadership Society

To Washington University Leadership: This year’s Washington University United Way Campaign is underway. We aim to exceed our goal of $800,000. Both Washington University and United Way are dedicated to making the St. Louis region a better place. Your support of United Way helps the university continue to make an impact on our community. As a leader […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight

Kim Patterson joined the Wellness Champions in December of 2017, and since then has initiated several wellness events for her department at the Cortex. Most recently, Kim partnered with Wellness Connection to host a De-Stress Zone in August where 60+ members of Physicians Billing attended and relaxed with a chair massage, healthy snacks, and met […]

University Partnerships: Siteman Cancer Center

Early detection is the best tool in the fight against breast cancer. To improve the convenience and availability of mammography, the Siteman Cancer Center operates a mobile mammography van that offers screenings by appointment. The Siteman Cancer Center Mammography Van offers annual screenings for women age 40 and over who have no signs or symptoms of breast […]

Staff Spotlight: Bruce Backus

At work, Bruce Backus, assistant vice chancellor for the Office of Environmental Health & Safety, focuses on providing a safe and healthy environment for research, teaching and patient care at Washington University. In his personal life, Backus has a passion for digital photography. Some of his work can be seen on display as a part […]

Peace of Mind at your Fingertips through Safety App, Noonlight

Connect to the police wherever you are with the Noonlight App Noonlight (formerly SafeTrek) is a mobile personal safety app that individuals can discreetly use when they feel unsafe, giving them the security of a stand-by service attendant ready to call 911 if danger approaches. How does it work? If you feel unsafe for any […]

Ensuring a Safe Learning and Working Environment at WashU

A Message from Hank Webber, Executive Vice Chancellor of Administration for Washington University Dear Members of the Washington University Community: Washington University makes a strong continuing effort to provide a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. As part of this ongoing effort, please review this message and avail yourself of the […]

Wellness Program Spotlight

By increasing resilience and taking steps to prevent distress, we can help ourselves avoid serious health conditions, including depression and anxiety problems. Mindfulness is a way to access your inner resources and move towards greater balance, control and peace of mind. Move into mindfulness by participating in the Mind-Body Stress Reduction Program. This program consists […]